Best Metal Songs of the 70s

zxm
Well I'm a more of hard rock fan than metal. But I also listen some metal songs.

But most often I listen to metal songs of 80s or 90s by Iron Maiden or Metallica.

So it was quite difficult for me to choose 70s metal music.

Please add more if I miss something

The Top Ten

1 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Great drive, fantastic keyboard, great drums, one of the best guitar solos ever.

This is one of the first metal songs, early speed metal. It's clasically inspired (based on Bach scales) and its solo was the first true metal solo. It's not hard rock - hard rock is blues inspired. - Metal_Treasure

It's hard rock.

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2 Stargazer - Rainbow

A 100% metal song. Epic masterpiece from Ritchie Blackmore and Dio (1976). - Metal_Treasure

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3 Child In Time - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
4 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

One of the greatest metal songs I know. Excellent. Chills up and down my spine. - Metal_Treasure

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5 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

Whiskey woman don't you know you're driving me insane? One of the best songs from one of the best albums of the 70s. - SoldierOfFortune

This is a great song but it's actually blues rock - a bit heavier blues rock but still blues elements are too noticeable. Yet, their song Beyond The Realms Of Death is metal as well as some others. - Metal_Treasure

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6 A Light In the Black - Rainbow

Epic yet very fast song with the most impressive metal guitar solo of the 70s (Ritchie Blackmore). The solo is long, fast, technical and melodic. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

It's not a metal song in the strict sense. Just saying. - Metal_Treasure

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8 War Pigs - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
9 Iron Man - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
10 Working Man - Rush

Though it may not be metal to some people but this song is heavier than many hard rock songs and it's close to the heavy metal.Especially the the opening riff - zxm

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The Contenders

11 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
12 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
13 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow UListen to Sample
14 Burn - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
15 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
16 Róisín Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend - Thin Lizzy UListen to Sample
17 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The song that began metal!

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18 Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen UListen to Sample
19 Overkill - Motörhead UListen to Sample
20 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
21 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

Wikipedia says it's viking metal - zxm

I used to think wikipedia is always right.But now I think they are not always not right - zxm

Again, NOT metal.

@zxm - many parts of the wiki articles on metal are awful. Viking metal is very close to black metal. This is correct: "Viking metal is a style of heavy metal music with origins in black metal and Nordic folk music".
So how is Immigrant Song close to black metal/viking metal? I am not even sure this song is metal. - Metal_Treasure

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22 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep UListen to Sample
23 Into the Void - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
24 The Ripper - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
25 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult UListen to Sample
26 Kill the King - Rainbow UListen to Sample
27 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
28 Tarot Woman - Rainbow UListen to Sample
29 Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend UListen to Sample
30 The Riot of Your Time - Scorpions UListen to Sample
31 Fireball - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
32 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Widely considered the first thrash metal song, 9 years before Metallica. Queen sound in general was closer to metal than people ever imagined. - Metal_Treasure

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33 Dreamer Deceiver - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
34 Stained Class - Judas Priest

This song is 100% metal, which was something rare in the 70s. - Metal_Treasure

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35 White Heat, Red Hot - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
36 Eyes of the World - Rainbow

Prog/symphonic metal, 1979. A very well composed and performed song. - Metal_Treasure

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37 The Mule - Deep Purple

The drum beat is so epic and unique! - Metal_Treasure

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38 Opium Trail - Thin Lizzy UListen to Sample
39 Starbreaker - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
40 Man On the Silver Mountain - Rainbow UListen to Sample
41 Stormbringer - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
42 Speed King - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
43 Salisbury - Uriah Heep UListen to Sample
44 Free Me Now - Accept
45 Set Me Free - Sweet UListen to Sample
46 Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
47 Exciter - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
48 Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. Highway Star - Deep Purple
3. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
Metal_Treasure
1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
3. Highway Star - Deep Purple
MetalMania
1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
2. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
3. Stargazer - Rainbow
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